Reflexology, also called zone therapy, is the practice of massage or pushing parts of the body in order to effect change in other parts. Reflexologist believes that this particular type of massage is based on the theory that there are points in the feet, hands and head that are connected to a particular part of the body. This is a form of complementary medicine which involves the stimulation of those points providing beneficial effect and an improvement in overall health. This is one complementary medicine practices used as an adjunct therapy rather than a sole treatment for any disease entity.
Reflexology has different types, one of which is the facial reflexology whose roots originated in the Vietnamese culture. The main objective of this facial acupressure system is to prevent health problems and relieve existing troubles before they become chronic. Practitioners of facial reflexology believe that there are zones in the face which will relieve backache or prevent a migraine. Likewise, with the use of facial reflexology, it can halt the occurrence or further development of common colds.
Facial reflexology was developed in 1980 by Vietnamese doctors using it as a less invasive alternative to facial acupuncture. The use of facial reflexology incorporates the use of acupressure (a less invasive form of acupuncture) in order to affect a change in the energy flow throughout the body. Although it sounds simple enough, beginners will require some degree of instruction before beginning to see immediate results in themselves.
Beginners can easily grasp and learn the technique of facial reflexology. By just following the instructions included in publication entitled “Facial Reflexology: a Self-Care Manual”, they can already perform the technique and effect a change in their overall health. Proponents believe that facial reflexology can help to benefit over 150 common ailments including indigestion, asthma, fatigue, pulled muscles, high blood pressure, migraines and menstrual cramps.
In traditional reflexology the therapists will assess the problems an individual is experiencing and also addressed those areas in the corresponding points on the face. It is designed to create a feeling of well-being and to improve specific conditions. Most therapists who used to facial reflexology are familiar with acupressure points.
On the other hand, the Vietnamese system of facial reflexology incorporates more than 500 different points on the face. The face is divided into grids to help locate specific areas and an instrument which appears like the rounded end of a ballpoint pen is used to massage those points.
Through the use of these grids and basic instruction, beginners can initiate a treatment plan for themselves at home. There are little to no side effects using facial reflexology, when done correctly. However, if it is done to vigorously the individual may suffer from bruising or a sore muscle on the face.
Although facial reflexology has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine it remains a complementary medicine practice that should be adjunctive to any other traditional Western medicine treatments that your primary care physician would recommend. It is important to realize that facial reflexology is not a panacea, or cure-all, for all diseases and is rather a treatment that can be added to improve the results of other treatments.